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Little double-island nation about 3 hours by plane Southeast of Melbourne. Very green. Very wet.

Getting There 

I'd recommend Air New Zealand.

Climbing Season

Weather station 16.9 miles from here

436 Total Routes

['4 Stars',25],['3 Stars',92],['2 Stars',126],['1 Star',65],['Bomb',7]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for New Zealand:
Fickle Finger of Fate   V1 5     Boulder, 5'   Castle Hill : Spittle Hill
lung arete   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Castle Hill : Quantum Field
Think Tank   V4 6B     Boulder, 9'   Castle Hill : Quantum Field
Beautiful Edges   V4 6B     Boulder   Castle Hill : Spittle Hill
Cauldron   V4 6B     Boulder, 9'   Castle Hill : Quantum Field
The Unrepeatable   V6+ 7A     Boulder   Castle Hill : Quantum Field
Tuppimaster   V7 7A+     Boulder, 12'   Castle Hill : Spittle Hill
High Hopes   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   Kawakawa Bay : The Point
Tibia   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Whanganui Bay : Whekenui Wall
Racing in the Streets   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Charleston : Wonder Wall
Good Bye Cream-Poofters   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Paynes Ford : Track 1
Temples of Stone   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Paynes Ford : Track 2
Millennium Madness   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 90'   Main Cliff : Millenium Wall
The Arches   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 100'   Main Cliff : The Arch Area
Terror Incognito   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Froggatt's Edge : Main Wall
Monsterpiece Theatre   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 90'   Froggatt's Edge : Main Wall
Prokarstination   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Mangaokewa : The Grandstands
Rawhide   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Paynes Ford : Track 1
1080 and the Letter G   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Paynes Ford : Track 6
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Featured Route For New Zealand
Second pitch, as seen from the anchors

High Hopes 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  Oceania : New Zealand : ... : The Point
Classic K-bay climbing. A long arete with amazing exposure. When you start the climb you are allready a good 70 feet above the beautiful turquoise lake. Can be done as 2 pitches (Belay station on ledge to right of 7th bolt). However I recommend doing it as one long pitch (rope drag not too much of a problem as arete is reasonably straight). A 50m rope will get you there (just). Consistent climbing at the grade. This climb is a popular solo for the bold among us....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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Darran Mountains, South Island
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Castle Hill bouldering, South Island
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Cragging at Kawakawa bay, North Island

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By Kemper Brightman
From: Walla Walla, WA
May 3, 2013
While New Zealand may not be a climbing destination per se, there is certainly enough rock to keep you occupied while you're here. If you enjoy mountain biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking, surfing, skiing, or just being outside in a gorgeous location, as well as climbing, this place is for you.

As far as climbing goes you'll have access to all types, from bouldering to alpine, within a day or two drive. For beta, climbnz.org.nz is probably the best resource on the web. Its not as easy to navigate as MP, but the site gets frequently updated with the latest route info. If you plan on spending time in a specific area do yourself a favor and buy the guide book. The friendly local climbers are very helpful, but with so few people in such a big country, you'll often find a crag, or beach, to yourself.

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